Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Crafty Individuals 'Simply Square' Challenge!!

So here is my second attempt, at my first attempt, of entering a blog competition!! I thought long and hard about the simply square challenge, and decided to alter a square box that had originally had a gorgeous silver ring in it, given to me on mother’s day by my lovely daughter. If I am honest I usually throw the boxes into a bedroom draw and they stay there for eternity (I do wear the jewellery though), so by altering it, perhaps it will stay on show somewhere.

Here is the box before I made a start on it. 





I wanted to try and keep it vintage looking, and pretty so I hope I have achieved that.It was all plain and just ready to be crafted into something fab. Oooooo and I should of said, I thought I would stick to the mother / daughter theme too as the gift came from my daughter whom I am very proud of xx





I started by painting it all over, both inside and out, with white gesso and then rubbed it with various distress inks to give it some colour. I then rubbed the edges with vintage photo distress ink to try to make it look, well, distressed!! For the top of the box I used a Crafty Individual image from one of their printed people and places books. I sanded it down just to take some of the light shine of it. I framed this with one of the Crafty Individuals die cut frames. I stamped it with the CI-116 stamp to make it look crackled. I then coloured it with distress inks and triple embossed with clear powder to give it a slight gloss.



I added some flowers, and a couple of tiny punched out butterflies with the smallest pearls for the bodies and of course a word from the CI-156 plate (with added glossy accents to the top.) I then put some lace around the edges, distressed and aged that with vintage photo distress ink and that was it finished.
I think I might make a mini accordion book to fit inside it, but that’s for another day!!

Sharon xx

14 comments:

  1. And from such humble beginnings a beautiful keepsake emerged ! Those flowers are lush and the techniques you used on the frame are fab - what a treasure, looking forward to seeing the accompanying mini xxx

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  2. This is stunning ! What a beautiful creation. Love everything about it. You have given me some great ideas I own a jewellery shop so have lots of boxes !!

    Marie

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  3. Gorgeous box. So beautifully decorated. Looking forward to seeing more of your creations in the future.
    Regards Florence.

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  4. Oh your altered box is fabulous! I love the lace and the roses. What a lovely reminder of your daughter's gift too x

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  5. Hi Sharon, your vintage box is gorgeous, love the picture you've used and the beautiful lace and flowers. Annette x

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  6. Magnifique boite!!!!gorgeous box!!bizz

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  7. Oh Sharon, I am so in awe at this project, what a fab entry for the challenge! I am so pleased you are getting stuck into crafting and have now got your own little space in blog land! Keep the projects coming!!!!!! Sue xxx

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  8. Absolutely stunning piece, Sharon! So, so pretty. I love the vintage look. Looking forward to seeing lots more from you.
    Lynne x

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  9. Gorgeous box Sharon - loving it. Jean

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  10. Two gifts in one how thoughtful of your daughter :) such a pretty box
    Von

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  11. Absolutely gorgeous! Love it!

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